Arts + Culture

The Arts Patron Of Tehran


By Douglas McLennan   TEHRAN — The mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf, is well known in Iran as a former Revolutionary Guards commander, retired pilot and the loser of two presidential elections. This week he added one more title — patron of the arts — as he directed all of the city’s 1,500 billboards fitted out with copies of ...

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The New Whitney: Thinking About The Future


By Douglas McLennan “Finances permitting, the Whitney should one day revert to its original intention to operate in both its old and new buildings. This could occur after the Metropolitan Museum’s eight-year lease on the Whitney’s former home runs out. Historic art was seen to better advantage in architect Marcel Breuer’s more structured confines.” New York ‘An aspirational space.” That’s ...

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The The Closing Of The Tiny Museum Of Biblical Art Matters


By Douglas McLennan “The absence of religious context for religious art in American museums was not, as one might assume, a product of the culture wars or a precocious expression of the new atheism. It was actually the result of several hundred years of aesthetic politics.” Source:: Arts Journal       

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Prada mixes fashion, art and Wes Anderson bar in Milan

Man stands near a sculpture called "Torso of the Discobolus" at the Prada Foundation in Milan

(Reuters) – Prada — the Devil’s favorite fashion brand, as the film and book would have it — is launching a giant multi-disciplinary arts complex on the edge of Milan that it hopes will attract tens of thousands of visitors a year. The Italian fashion house opens a 19,000-square-meter (205,000-square-foot) headquarters for its art foundation on May 9 in a ...

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Jacques Majorelle: An Artist Less Famous than his Garden

Opus Majorelle - Majorelle Gardens 2

By David McKenzie Successful people often have things named after them. It’s a gesture of appreciation, usually acknowledgement of a life of hard work or significant actions at a difficult time. Often this tribute is a city’s major road, its prominent buildings or, in very rare cases, the entire city itself – Ho Chi Minh, for example. So this makes ...

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Umberto Boccioni: Willing Warmonger, Artistic Martyr or Irrelevant Bygone?

Opus Boccioni - Sintesi Fascista by Alessandro Bruschetti

By David McKenzie The driving force behind Italian Futurism was a violent desire for change. A restless push towards everything new, different, modern and powerful, to obliterate everything old, tired and nostalgic. One hundred years ago, Umberto Boccioni enlisted to fight in the First World War. He was undoubtedly the leading visual artist of Italian Futurism at that time, having ...

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Shows That Matter: Jacob Lawrence at MoMA


By Noelle Bodick WHAT: “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works” WHEN: Through September 7 WHERE: The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York WHY: At first, they appear in one solid mass. Dozens of bodies crushed together, slanted forward, weighed down by traveling cloaks and luggage, sometimes a baby. At the front of the ...

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A Buried Maurizio Cattelan Sculpture Gets Moved to the Whitney


By Alex Greenberger This week’s New Yorker has a Talk of the Town piece by Emma Allen about moving a block of concrete from the Whitney’s former Upper East Side location to its brand-new Renzo Piano–designed building in Chelsea. Naturally that block of concrete is a work of art. Encased inside it is a steamrolled Maurizio Cattelan sculpture from 2000. Cattelan destroyed ...

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